The diverse Tuz Khurmatu was once known as the town of salt and dates.
It has now become the Berlin of Kurdistan — divided by war and now a path to peace and governance.
"When to hold the referendum?" said on resident. "Our current situation isn’t good in Tuz … the concrete, towers."
Another local said that "If a referendum is held in Kurdistan and doesn’t incorporate these areas, it’s just tantamount to giving up on these towns."